Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/06/09[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
I was surprised today to have Bob Shell, the former editor of SHUDDERBUG, lend me a unique VernonScope lens, an 80mm f/6.3 (to photographers, a 500mm f/6.3) lens with a helical focuser. This is a telescope VenronScope has been marketing in a variety of versions for the past two decades. This one is a prototype Don Yeiier produced with a helical focuser. That is, it focuses as does a camera lens by twisting and not by the conventional rack-and-pinion of a regular spotting scope. The telescope comes with a 2" ocular fitting with an M42 adapter. It is a fascinating piece and I will do a shoot-off between this telescope, my APO-Televid, my Q-Unitron, and my Questar 800mm f/9. I have also purchased a 5/400 Pan-Tele-Kilar and own one of the magnificent 5/40cm, second version, Leitz Telyts. And I own both the 8/500 and the 6.3/500 MTO's by way of comparison. I suspect that the Questar will come in first, as it was designed by Ed Kaprelian, his final significant gift to optical science. But we shall find out. Marc email@example.com FAX: +540/343-7315 Cha robh b?s fir gun ghr?s fir!